• +1 (760) 586 8053

  • Carlsbad, CA

  • Hours: 8 am – 5 pm

Parent’s Resources

Welcome to POWER TOTS!

OUR PHILOSOPHY

Family child care in a “home-like” setting is the best alternative for working parents. It provides a small secure environment for children during the most important time of their development. Family child care offers a home away from home, providing children with “siblings” of all ages, to play, socialize, and learn from. My goal in providing quality child care for your child is to provide:  

  • A safe environment
  • A nurturing atmosphere
  • Opportunities for learning and growth
  • The community of Parents & Friends
  • Nourish love and peace
  • Develop daily positive routines and discipline

At Power Tots I teach kids about personal values like friendliness, love, sharing, gratitude, fairness, self-discipline because these are the main foundational principles in my family’s life.  

My goal is to execute a daily program where kids will feel comfortable and meet new challenges more easily and finally, will feel like a second home. Every parent has a different approach to discipline and manage behavior. It is important for me and you as parents to meet on the same page and set similar boundaries, what is appropriate and not, what alternatives can be given. I truly believe that in every situation the best methods are to communicate with a child, sometimes one word of encouragement can break all the bad attitudes, connect, talk, explain in words without showing our characters. 

 

Power Tots Founder, Main caregiver

Polina Fridberg

Licensing Requirements

Power Tots home daycare is licensed by the State of California License # 376100440. We are operating under all licensing regulations and meet all standards in nutrition, naps, fire, water, safety procedures, record keeping, updating our certification in required trainings. Our home is inspected by state and city licensing officials.

For the most up-to-date status and inspection reports, please view our profile on California’s licensing website.

Licensing requirements typically include:

  • Complying with safety and health inspections
  • Achieving the required levels of educational training
  • Maintaining a minimum caregiver-to-child ratio
  • Other state-defined requirements
Special Needs Children

We believe there are no such humans who don’t have special needs, it’s just some have extra.

We do our best to accommodate children with special needs. Please inform us of any/all special needs at the time of enrollment so we can determine if the special needs can be met and quality care can be provided.

Non-Discriminatory Policy

It is unlawful for us to discriminate in the enrollment of children upon the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, or disability in violation of the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990.

Working Hours

Our daycare is open Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5.00 pm and Saturdays (upon request – 9.00 am to 3.00 pm). We have options for Parents Night Out once per 2 weeks or once a month (depending on the season) starting from 5.00 pm to 8 pm. 

Holidays
  • Martin Luther King Day
  • Lincoln Day
  • Washington day
  • Good Friday
  • Memorial Day
  • 4th of July
  • Labor Day
  • Veteran’s Day
  • Halloween (short day)
  • Thanksgiving day
  • The Friday after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Eve – New Year’s Day (Christmas Break)

If Holiday fall on a Saturday daycare will be closed the Friday before. If the holiday falls on a Sunday daycare will be closed the Monday after.

Sick/Personal Days Closings

We are all humans and unfortunately sometimes can get sick. That is why we reserve 7 personal/sick days per year to recover or continue required trainings. We understand how important for you as family to have a consistent childcare provider that is why will do our best to notify you about such days in advance.

Vacation Closings

We reserve 2 weeks of vacation per year. We post on parent’s board a written notice at least one month in advance.

Regular tuition is applied to our vacations, your vacations, weeks with holidays, our sick/personal days.

 

Note: It is parents’ responsibility to find a back-up childcare provider during vacations, holidays, sick/personal days when Power Tots daycare is closed.

Termination Policy and Advance Notice

TERMINATION POLICY: The first 30 Days will be regarded as a trial period, in which case either party may terminate the contract without notice. After the first 30 Days of enrollment, a 60 Day written notice from parent or provider is required to terminate the contract, with the exception of gross misconduct on part of the provider, parent, or child. This is grounds for immediate discontinuation of service. 

 

ADVANCE NOTICE: When the day comes you no longer need our childcare services, 60 Days advance notice needs to be given to us. Whenever possible even more notice is better. This helps us tremendously. Reason being, unlike childcare centers, we can only take a maximum of 8 children. So when we are full we are forced to say NO to all incoming requests for childcare. If we have advance notice of discontinuation of needed services then it is possible for us make future arrangements with new family’s inquiring about daycare for their child. This helps to keep our open spots fluctuation to a minimum, and helps us be able to focus more on being the best childcare providers we can be, instead of worrying about “the bills”.

Power Tots daycare reserves the right to cancel the enrollment of a child at his/her discretion, or for the following possible reasons:

  • Non-payment or excessive late payments of tuition and fees. Legal action may be taken, all legal fees incurred will be paid by parents.
  • Not observing the rules of home daycare center as outlined in a parent agreement.
  • The child has special needs that we cannot adequately meet with our staffing ratios.
  • Physical and/or verbal abuse of staff or children by parents or child.
  • Expired or non-immunizations and/or physical.
Trial Period
  • There is a trial period of 30 days from the date child care begins. If the child care arrangements is not mutually satisfactory, either party can terminate this agreement with a 1(one) day notice – any tuitions and fees already paid are non-refundable.
  • After the first 30 days of enrollment (Trial Period), a 60 Day written notice from a parent or provider is required to terminate the contract. Immediate discontinuation may occur in cases of misconduct on part of provider, parent or child.
Deposit

Deposit: A nonrefundable deposit equal to two weeks of childcare costs is due at time of enrollment. However, do not give us the deposit until you have signed the Parent-Provider Contract/Enrollment application and thoroughly read the parent handbook. Your child’s spot is not secured until we have received both the deposit and the signed Parent-Provider Contract/Enrollment application. The deposit will be credited towards the last two weeks of your child’s enrollment.

Start Date: Based on points already stated above, your child’s start date is agreed upon between parent and provider at the time of enrollment. In other words, in order for us to continue to hold your child’s spot, childcare fees need to start being paid beginning on the date that is originally agreed upon and input on the Parent-Provider Contract/Enrollment application. It is up to you if your child begins to attend our daycare on or after that date. As long as your child’s childcare fees are continued to be paid in full we will endlessly hold vacant his or her spot. We understand that sometimes things change, and therefore possibly altering your desired start date (due dates, events out of your control, etc). However, please keep in mind and be sensitive to our position regarding this matter as well.

Diaper Policy

It is parent’s responsibility to provide diapers, wipes and diaper cream for your child. Diaper powder is not allowed. All item are placed in dedicated labeled bin. It is parent’s responsibility (not provider’s) to check and see if your child needs more diapers/wipes. At Power Tots we change diapers frequently and make notes about timing in Daily Report. In case if diaper is completely full 😉 we change it immediately.

Diaper changing area is cleaned and disinfected between each diaper change, child care provider and a child wash hands immediately after each diaper change.

Potty Training

We are more than happy to encourage potty training as long as the child is ready (typically between 2 and 3 years old). The initial start needs to be done at home for at least two weeks with success before it can be effectively started at daycare. Parents will be required to supply pull-ups and wipes. Children will be allowed to come to daycare in cotton training pants/underwear after they have been accident-free for at least two weeks in pull-ups. Communication between parents and the daycare provider is imperative for a successful transition from diapers to the toilet.  

Bodies & Boundaries

There is a natural curiosity among children with regard to their bodies. When situations arise where we have to speak to children about body parts we use the anatomically correct terms. We also teach children that every person has boundaries and that our bodies are private and should be respected. Parents will be notified if situations occur in the classroom that directly affects their child(ren)

TV Viewing

We put a restriction on television viewing no more than 30 minutes a day. However,at this moment we do not carry TV set at home, also don’t give kids personal phones or tablets. In case if we show some content it is primarily for learning purposes like short educational programs for young kids.

Behavior Management

We believe that children soak all information by looking at our actions. That is why we as child care providers are aimed to guide every child with patience, peace, persistence and respect them as individual humans.

We constantly explain and repeat rules of our house, and when a child is old enough to understand restrictions but disobeys for some reasons, we may put the following actions to clarify the situation.

First, is to reinforce kids with positive words and actions when he or she is doing well.

Second, redirect focus to something else, engage into another activity and make it together.

Third, if kid is old enough to understand the rules and “time-out” principle which is usually after 18 months, a temporary “time-out” may be given to help child go through high emotional peak and come back when he or she is ready to act in peace. “Time-out” is never executed by leaving child alone in closed room or building without child care provider’s supervision. We let a child be in another part of same room where other kids are but be separate at that time. “Time-out” is used only in certain situations when children don’t listen to our rules or directions and hurting themselves, other children, staff or property.

Gross Misconduct

If a child is repeatedly hurting themselves, other people or property and his/her behavior is destructive, becomes unsafe and negatively affects other children and staff, then child care provider may make a phone video call to clarify the situation for all parties, give 30 day withdrawal notice that day. In case of severe damage a child may be excluded from daycare with an immediate termination of contract.

Toys

We have well organized, separate, age appropriate toys for the toddler and infant class. Infants will not be allowed to be around or play with small objects and toys. During the initial adjusting period, we encourage your child to bring a piece of home with them; a special blanket, toy, or teddy can be very comforting. Photos of family members, neighbors, and pets can be left with us to help remind your child of familiar people if he or she feels lonely during the day. However, please do not bring your child’s toys to daycare except on designated sharing/show and tell days. As much as we try to encourage sharing, this seldom works when it is the child’s own personal toy. It only causes problems between them and the other children. Never send your child to daycare with toy weapons.

Personal Belongings & Required Supplies

Please provide your child with necessary items like diapers, underwear, diaper cream, wipes, sunscreen, jackets, shoes, t-shirts and pants, bottle of water, swimsuit for water table or summer outdoor games, hat for hot days. As daycare is in our house everyone must have indoor and outdoor shoes. Please do not bring flip flops for outdoor play.   

 

Clothing can become dirty while playing with soil, bubbles, doing art projects, etc, so please remember to check frequently your child’s labeled bin and fill with necessary things.

In cases of vomit, dirty, wet clothing, all items will be placed in sealed plastic bag and put in a bin for parents to take it home. It is not provider’s responsibility to clean/throw away/disinfect child’s clothing or shoes.  

Nap Time

Naptime is between 1 pm and 3 pm. Younger infants may take an additional nap between 9 and 10 am. Children are not forced to sleep, but we are doing our best to organize safe and cozy nap timing.

Indoor & Outdoor Discipline

Indoor activities include: books and story-time, Legos, circle-time, tumbling exercises, music and dancing, dress up, play food, interactive stuffed animals, cars/trucks/planes, arts and crafts, puzzles, flash cards, animals/dinosaurs, trains, musical instruments, balls, dolls and Barbies, various learning toys, musical instruments, various games, Mr. Potato Head, bean bag toss, blocks, beads and string, song games, play dough, coloring, sing along story books, painting, science, board games, puppets, Simon-says, and singing.

Outdoor activities include: climbing, sliding, jumping, running, balls, jump rope, racing, water balloons, parachute, catch, bubbles, follow the leader, squirt bottles, ride-on toys, wagons, tunnels, safe water toys, various games, water table, painting, neighborhood walks, exploring nature/weather, soccer, and yes falling. As you know, children play hard and will get some bumps and bruises from time to time. We do our best to limit the number of times this occurs, with constant supervision and watchful eyes. Due to the safe environment/toys, we have surrounded ourselves with, we hope to prevent any injuries before they can happen. During the summer months (June, July, and August) we allow for more outdoor activities and creative art projects. Weather permitting, we play outdoors every day.

Special Diets

If your child has any particular dietary needs resulting from being a vegetarian or having allergies, religious beliefs, or nonreligious beliefs, etc, then just let us know. If the typical type of meals we serve do not meet your criteria for whatever reason, that’s perfectly fine, however, in which case, all of the child’s meals and snacks will have to be provided by the parent.

Meals & Snacks

Each day we provide three nutritious and well-balanced meals. We are proud to serve mostly homemade meals and use organic ingredients. It is natural for our family to eat healthy food and easy to teach others by our example. We provide a morning breakfast at 8.30 am lunch at 12:00 pm and afternoon snack at 4:00 pm. Milk or water is served with all the meals and snacks, and water is offered throughout the day. We also provide baby food for infants. Below you will find a menu, showing an example of the different types of food we serve throughout any given week. The meals and snacks for each week constantly vary in order to ensure the children receive a well-balanced diet. The children are offered food, but they will not be forced to eat. It is our goal to offer nutritious meals and snacks to the children in our care, as nutrition is a vital part of a child’s health. Children need to eat well-balanced meals in order to meet his or her daily energy needs and to help them build a strong body and mind. We know that good food habits a child develops will help them prevent cavities, iron deficiency anemia, and obesity, etc – all common nutritional problems in young children.

We don’t serve juice, candies, crackers. As well as we have a rule not to bring these items in our daycare.

Required Supplies for Kids

Parents are responsible for supplying the following items: diapers/pull-ups, wipes, diaper creams, toothbrush, weather-appropriate clothes and a couple of change of clothes, jacket, shoes that lace-up or Velcro and/or stay on feet (no flip-flops please), pacifier (if needed), and a swimsuit. We supply and apply sunscreen every day to any child playing outside. For the older children sleeping on a matt: a crib sheet, a blanket, and a pillow are needed. If necessary a comfort object for rest-time, and anything else your child may need. Your child’s crib sheet, blanket, and pillow should be taken home every Friday and washed and returned to daycare the following Monday. There is a good possibility your child will get dirty throughout the day because of food, paint, markers, dirt, bubbles, potty accidents, diaper blowouts, etc. So please dress your child accordingly for play. Wet, dirty, and soiled clothes will be put in a plastic bag in your child’s locker to be taken home and cleaned. We are not responsible for replacing stained or soiled clothing. We suggest that you write your child’s name on the tags of their clothing (especially socks and underwear) in order to prevent any clothing mix-ups.  

Cleanliness, Personal Hygiene

Cleanliness

We take the well-being of your child very seriously and work hard to provide an environment that is as healthy as possible. We are committed to keeping our home and the children in it as clean as possible, in order to help minimize and/or prevent the spread of germs. Our home is kept clean and disinfected at all times. We thoroughly clean surfaces that children come in close contact with using soap and water, or Lysol, etc. The high chairs are cleaned between each use, and the diaper changing tables are cleaned and disinfected between each diaper change. Toys are cleaned and disinfected often, and water-play tables are cleaned and disinfected before being filled with water and carefully supervised when in use. Hand washing is the single most effective practice in preventing the spread of germs. We wash our hands many times throughout the day, as well as the children’s hands before and/or after engaging in a thorough list of activities.

 

Providers wash their hands:

  • Before beginning work
  • Immediately before handling food or feeding children
  • After using the toilet, helping a child use the toilet or after changing soiled clothing or diapers
  • After coming into contact with any bodily fluid, such as a wet or soiled diaper, runny nose, spit or vomit
  • After handling a pet or pet equipment
  • Whenever hands are visibly dirty
  • After cleaning a child, the room, toys, or bathroom
  • Before giving medication or applying ointment
  • After work

 

Children wash their hands: 

  • Immediately before and after eating
  • After using the toilet or having soiled clothing or diaper changed
  • Before and after using water tables
  • After using play-dough or other substances
  • After playing on the playground
  • Whenever hands are visibly dirty
Daily Schedule

Older Toddler/Preschooler (24 months and older)
8.00-8.30  drop-offs, welcome children, free-play and/or structured-play, trains, story-time, etc.
8:30 – 9:30 breakfast, clean-up/wash-up
9.30-10.00 circle-time
10:00-10.30 arts and crafts, story-time, various learning games
10:30 – 11:30 music, song and dance, tumbling exercises
11:30 – 12:00 outside play-time
12:00 – 12:30 free-play and/or structured-play, interactive video (Little Einstein’s, Blue’s Clue’s, etc.)
12:30 – 1:00 lunch time, clean-up/wash-up, brush teeth, and get on mats
1:00 – 3:00 rest-time and/or quiet-time
3:00 – 4:00 free-play and/or structured-play, puzzles, books, various learning toys, etc.
4:00 – 4:30 afternoon snack, clean-up/wash-up
4:30 – 5:00 pick-ups, outside play (depending on season), coloring, play-dough, toys, story-time, etc.

 

Infant/Young Toddler (younger than 24 months)

Throughout each day we practice on reaching, grasping, rolling, sitting, crawling, standing, walking, climbing, throwing, catching, kicking, cooing and talking; which ever developmental stage your child happens to be in at the time. For a younger child still taking three naps a day, a third nap can be incorporated into their late afternoon schedule.

8.00 – 8:30 drop-offs, welcome children, free play and/or structured-play, story-time, toys, etc.
8:30 – 9:30 breakfast, clean-up/wash-up
9:30 – 10:30 naptime (depending on age), flash cards, arts and crafts, story-time, stacking blocks 
10:30 – 11.00 music, song and dance, games
11.00 – 12:00 outside play-time
12:00 – 12:30 free-play and/or structured-play, interactive video (Baby Einstein, or Blue’s Clue’s)
12:30 – 1:00 lunch time, clean-up/wash-up, brush teeth (when applicable), nestle into cribs
1:00 – 3:00 rest-time and/or quiet-time
3:00 – 4:00 free-play and/or structured-play, books, flash cards, various learning toys, etc.
4:00 – 4:30 afternoon snack, clean-up/wash-up
4:30 – 5:00 pickups, outside play (depending on season), puzzles, musical instruments, story-time

Infant (1 to 6 months)
8.00 am – 5:00 pm cuddles, love, and affection, eat, poop, and sleep

Referrals

For past and present clients: a referral from a client is one of the biggest compliments we can receive. As a special thanks to you, we provide families a $100 gift certificate for each referred child that has successfully enrolled in our daycare.

The $100 gift certificate will be given to you after the referred child has attended the daycare through the two week trial period without gross misconduct on part of the parent, or child. If at the time of the referral we are full and have no more spots available for the child, then the family will be given the option to be put on a waiting list. If in the future when a spot becomes available the family in question takes the spot, then at that time you will be given the $100 gift certificate. If at that time your child no longer attends our daycare, the $100 gift certificate will be mailed to you (so stay in touch).

Contract Adherence

This is our home as well as our business, so please be respectful of our family and home by adhering to the policies and procedures outlined in the parent handbook. We realize this is a lot of information to absorb. Because of this, please keep your parent handbook accessible so you can periodically review our policies and procedures as necessary. We reserve the right to amend any portion of the Parent-Provider Contract/Enrollment Application, and Parent Handbook at any time. If and when we do make a change to the contract you will be given a copy.